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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

Soaking Up the Goodness of Forest Bathing

Step into the woods. Quietly. Move slowly. Stay awhile.

The longer you linger, the more you’ll find yourself grounded. Centered. You’ll begin to touch that inner part of you that easily disappears in this noisy, fast, upsetting world.

In the 1980s, the Japanese developed shinrin-yoku, forest bathing. With the intense workloads many were carrying along with the mind-racing, rapid technological advances, many workers were losing their way—and their lives.

Since forests still cover 70 percent of Japan, many people headed into the woods. The more they did this, the more they healed. Experts recommend submerging yourself in forest bathing for two hours each week.

During your time in the forest, move mindfully. Listen. Pay attention to what captures your senses. Let your mind empty as you fill-up the forest atmosphere.

A forest is a healing sanctuary. Step into the woods. Quietly.

Move slowly.

Stay awhile.

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